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… At the recent retreat PREVIEW teleconference July 31,(listen to the audio recording) I suggested that physicians interested in expanding beyond a clinical path need to have 5 personal qualities in order to succeed . . . Do you have these qualities?  I thought I’d take the qualities and put them into an assessment format for my readers . . . let’s see how you rate.

5 Personal Qualities Physicians Need to Expand or Transition into Non-Clinical Areas

by Francine R. Gaillour, MD, MBA, FACPE, Executive and Career Coach for Physicians

In my 15+ years of consulting with, coaching, and training physicians, I observe that those who do especially well in “the business world” — which is to say any place other than clinical practice–have in common five personal qualities.

A “personal quality” is a “state of mind” that can be attained by anyone. It is not like having blue eyes or double-jointed thumbs where you either have or you don’t.

And a personal quality is not the same as “skill.”  I have observed many physicians who have “advanced” business skills, including MBAs, MMMs, certifications and credentials.  And yet these docs still find themselves losing career traction.

What are they still missing?  They are missing an internal “force” that propels them into situations, opportunities, and circles that can accelerate their success.

Go through this list of five personal qualities, and rate how often you demonstrate that quality:

Personal Quality You Need to Succeed

Rate Yourself:
3=Got it
2=Could Muster it
1=No Got It
1) Having an open mind – a “learner’s mind”Meaning you are willing to be an avid learner in many domains, even if you’re “starting from scratch” in some.  Getting an MBA is NOT the end of the educational road. You are willing to be a learner for the rest of your professional life. 1 2 3
2) Humility – not needing to be right or have all the answersMeaning your ego is intact and strong and you don’t need to prop it up artificially through bravado.  You are bridge builder.  This does not mean self-deprecating.  Your ego strength comes from knowing what your true gifts and talents are, being comfortable in your own skin. 1 2 3
3) Willingness to live with the unknownMeaning you have trust in your innate talents, gifts, and passions; you have clarity about what’s important to you (your values), and confidence that the right path will open up before you  naturally and “just in time.” – Divinely inspired. 1 2 3
4) Willingness to reach out to others and be fully presentMeaning you create a network of supportive allies and advocates not just by “networking” but more importantly by showing up in the world in your full power; not holding back or minimizing your gifts, talents and greatness. 1 2 3
5) CourageMeaning you feel the fear and do it anyway.  Taking action steps to build out the dream of how you want you life or leadership to play out.  Confronting those who need confronting.  Stepping up, taking the bigger role, the next audience, the new challenge; making the phone call. 1 2 3

Your Total Score:

How did you score? I would appreciate knowing how you rated yourself for each of the 5 qualities, and why you rated yourself 1, 2 or 3.  I’m putting together a scoring key this week as the next step in turning this into a formal Career Assessment.  If you email me your score, I will send you the scoring key “in progress.”   francine@physicianleadership.com

To learn more about the 5 personal qualities and about what you need to know to tap into your full potential,  listen to the audio recording of the recent teleconference held July 31.  I go into much more depth on this topic. Listen to the audio seminar

Francine R. Gaillour, MD, MBA, FACPE, is an Executive and Career Coach for Physicians.  Dr. Gaillour specializes in helping physicians who are venturing into new territory as leaders, entrepreneurs, and career adventurers. She can be reached at (206) 686-4205, francine@physicianleadership.com or use the Contact Form